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Patricia Aufderheide University Professor SOC - School of Communication

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She founded the School's Center for Media & Social Impac

  paufder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2069

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Rajul Bhaskar Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Rajul Mistry Bhaskar is a Professorial Lecturer in the School of Communication. She has more than a decade of public relations experience in consumer, entertainment and corporate communications. As a

  bhaskar@american.edu

Randall Blair Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Randall Blair is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is a professional filmmaker who teaches courses in producing, directing, script writing and film production. He has created award-winn

  rblair@american.edu

  (202) 885-2044

Caty Borum Chattoo Executive in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive in Residence in the School of Communication and Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact. She is an award-winning communication strategist and documentary film/

  chattoo@american.edu

  (202) 885-6485

Kyle Brannon Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Kyle "Kylos" Brannon is a full-time professor of Film & Media Arts. He is a filmmaker, motion graphic designer, and VJ. His work with exhibit media has appeared in the Brown v Board National Historic

  kbrannon@american.edu

  (202) 885-2162

Terence Bryant Senior Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Terry Bryant is a Professorial Lecturer in the AU School of Communication. He spent 14 years teaching broadcasting and media writing classes at the University of Kansas. At KU, he was the general mana

  bryant@american.edu

  (202) 885-6932

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W. Joseph Campbell Professor SOC - School of Communication

W. Joseph Campbell is a tenured full professor in the School of Communication's Communication Studies program. He joined the AU faculty in 1997, after some 20 years as a professional journalist. Assig

  wjc@american.edu

  (202) 885-2071

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Laura DeNardis Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She also serves as Faculty Director of

  denardis@american.edu

  (202) 885-2675

Priya Doshi Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Priya Lothe Doshi has 20 years of experience as a public relations practitioner creating and implementing strategic communications plans, conducting media relations, training spokespeople, and plannin

  doshi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2780

John Douglass Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

John Douglass is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He has been at American for more than 30 years and through most of this time has served as director of the film and media arts division.

  John.Stephen.Douglass@american.edu

  (202) 885-2045

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Amy Eisman Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Amy Eisman is the Director of the Journalism Division. She has overseen several programs at SOC as well as teaches journalism, digital content and entrepreneurship. From 2015-2017 she facilitated the

  aeisman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2106

Larry Engel Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

With nearly 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many other outlets. Awards include a Daytime

  larry.engel@american.edu

  (202) 885-2688

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Kathy Fitzpatrick Professor SOC - School of Communication

Kathy R. Fitzpatrick is professor and former senior associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Communication. She is also a faculty fellow in the Center on Public Diplomacy in the Annenberg

  kfitzpat@american.edu

  (202) 885-2017

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William Gentile Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Bill Gentile is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker at American University, where he brings 30 years of field experience and profess

  gentile@american.edu

  (202) 885-2663

Lindsay Grace Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Lindsay is an associate professor at American University and founding director of the American University Game Lab and Studio. He was the Fall 2017 Visiting Knight Chair at the University of Miami. Hi

  grace@american.edu

  (202) 885-6933

Joseph Graf Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Joseph Graf is an assistant professor of public communication. He is former research director for the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, which promoted Internet politics to improve ci

  graf@american.edu

  (202) 885-2147

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Jane Hall Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Jane Hall is a professor in journalism and media studies in the School of Communication. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people, the depicti

  jhall@american.edu

  (202) 885-2024

Corinne Hoare Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Corinne Hoare is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She has nearly a decade of high-level experience in the public relations and strategic communication field in both the private and publi

  corinneh@american.edu

  (202) 885-6683

Robert Hone Research Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

I'm currently a Designer-In-Residence and Visiting Scholar in the School of Communications. I teach "Designing Health Games" in the spring and our inaugural class resulted in four 'fundable' game conc

  hone@american.edu

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Leena Jayaswal Professor SOC - School of Communication

Leena Jayaswal is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning photographer and Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC, where she is the director of the Photography

  ljayasw@american.edu

  (202) 885-2662

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Larry Kirkman Professor SOC - School of Communication

I’m Professor of Film and Media Arts and Dean Emeritus in the School of Communication at American University. On sabbatical in 2018, I retire in 2019 after 18 years. I was dean of the school from 2001

  larry@american.edu

  (202) 885-6931

Iris Krasnow Assistant Professor School of Prof and Extd Studies

Areas of Expertise: Women's StudiesIris Krasnow is a full-time professor of Journalism. She was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. She became the fashion writer for the Dallas Times Herald, then m

  iris@american.edu

  (202) 895-4914

Pallavi Kumar Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Pallavi Damani Kumar is a full-time professor in American University’s School of Communication and the Division Director for the Public Communication. Prior to teaching full time, Kumar gained more th

  kumar@american.edu

  (202) 885-2047

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Jennifer LaFleur Data Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Jennifer LaFleur joined AU in Fall 2017 as data journalist in residence and data editor for The Investigative Reporting Workshop. Previously, she was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Inve

  lafleur@american.edu

Christine Lawrence Assistant Prof Emerita

Christine C. Lawrence is a full-time professor of Journalism. She brings her experience covering politics and government to the SOC journalism division having worked for 10 years as a senior editor an

Charles Lewis Professor SOC - School of Communication

Charles Lewis is a national investigative journalist, a former ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes producer, a best-selling author or co-author of six books and the founder of two Pulitzer Prize-winning

  charlesl@american.edu

  (202) 885-1997

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Brigid Maher Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Brigid Maher is the Director of the Film and Media Arts Division and a tenured, associate professor in the School of Communication. She is the Director of the Community Voice Project and Senior Fellow

  bmaher@american.edu

  (202) 885-2664

Dina Martinez Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Dina Martinez is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She joined the Public Communications Division in 2011 as professor and Director for the Professional Public Communication Graduate Progr

  dmartine@american.edu

  (202) 885-6464

Wendy Melillo Farrill Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Wendy Melillo is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She teaches in the School of Communication's Strategic Communication division. Her research is focused on public service advertising. Me

  melillo@american.edu

  (202) 885-1753

Ericka Menchen-Trevino Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Ericka Menchen-Trevino's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political communication and digital media studies, with a focus on methodology. Over the course of her career, Erick

  menchent@american.edu

  (202) 885-2065

Sarah Menke-Fish Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Sarah Menke-Fish is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is a master teacher in the School of Communication. She serves as associate director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking,

  smenke@american.edu

  (202) 885-2098

Jason Mollica Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Jason Mollica is a seasoned strategic communication professional with 20 years of experience as a journalist, news producer and PR professional. Jason started his career as a journalist working for WC

  jmollica@american.edu

  (202) 885-6680

Kathryn Montgomery Professor SOC - School of Communication

Kathryn Montgomery is the founding Director of AU’s 3-year PhD program in Communication. Dr. Montgomery has written and published extensively about the role of media in society, addressing a variety o

  kcm@american.edu

  (202) 885-2680

Claudia Myers Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Claudia Myers is a full-time professor in the Film & Media Arts Division. Claudia recently wrote and directed her third feature, "Shadow Girl," starring Olivia Thirlby, Alan Ritchson and Megan Fox. Th

  myers.claudia@american.edu

  (202) 885-2152

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Jill Olmsted Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Jill Olmsted is a full-time professor of Journalism and the former Journalism Division Director. She worked as an on-air television and radio news anchor, reporter, and editorialist as well as a produ

  jolmste@american.edu

  (202) 885-2010

Molly O'Rourke Executive in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Molly O’Rourke is an Executive in Residence in the School of Communication where she also serves as director of the MA program in Political Communication. She has more than 15 years’ experience in th

  morourke@american.edu

  (202) 885-2968

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Christopher Palmer Distinguished Film Producer in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Chris Palmer is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is also a speaker, author, and environmental and wildlife film producer. He has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with s

  palmer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3408

Christie Parell Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Christie Parell is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She brings more than 15 years of experience working in the communications field at the highest levels of both the public and private s

  parell@american.edu

Jeremiah Patterson Instructor SOC - School of Communication

Jeremiah teaches a variety of multimedia and broadcast courses in the journalism division at American University’s School of Communication. He specializes in digital news production and storytelling,

  jnpatter@american.edu

Lynne Perri Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Lynne Perri is a journalism professor and managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the School of Communication at American University. She teac

  perri@american.edu

  (202) 885-6380

Gemma Puglisi Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Gemma Puglisi is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She is an award-winning media strategist and producer with more than 25 years of experience. During her career she has worked in broadca

  puglisi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2153

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Rose Ann Robertson

Rose Ann Robertson was a newspaper reporter and wire service editor for 20 years, editing and directing coverage of plane crashes, natural disasters and national and state elections. She has been at A

  (202) 885-2002

Jeffrey Rutenbeck Dean, School of Communication SOC - School of Communication

Since joining AU in June of 2012, Jeff has focused his energies on growing the Campaign for SOC and building on established partnerships to expand the Dean's Internships, launch a new Investigative Jo

  jeff@american.edu

  (202) 885-2058

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Lara Shane Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Lara Shane is an executive and strategist with 20 years of communication and management experience in both the public and private sector. She most recently served as Vice President for Research and C

  shane@american.edu

  (202) 885-6519

Christopher Simpson Professor SOC - School of Communication

Chris Simpson is a professor of Journalism known internationally for his expertise in propaganda, democracy, and media theory and practice. He has won national awards for investigative reporting, hist

  simpson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2037

Aram Sinnreich Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Aram Sinnreich is an Associate Professor and chair of the Communication Studies division at American University’s School of Communication. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture,

  aram@american.edu

  (202) 885-6518

Richard Stack Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Richard Stack is a full-time professor of Public Communication. He began researching the interaction of courts and media after his work in the Public Defenders Office revealed the criminal justice sys

  rstack@american.edu

  (202) 885-2856

Leonard Steinhorn Professor SOC - School of Communication

Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of Public Communication and an affiliate professor of History. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, ra

  lsteinh@american.edu

  (202) 885-2031

Maggie Burnette Stogner Professor SOC - School of Communication

Maggie Burnette Stogner is a professor of Film and Media Arts and brings over 30 years of filmmaking experience to the classroom. During her nine years at National Geographic, she produced, directed a

  stogner@american.edu

  (202) 885-2160

Benjamin Stokes Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar and game designer. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Lab. Previously, he co-founded Games for Change, the movemen

  bstokes@american.edu

  (202) 885-2066

Rodger Streitmatter Professor SOC - School of Communication

Rodger Streitmatter is a full-time professor of Journalism. A cultural historian, he is a leader in exploring how the media have helped to shape the way Americans think and act. The most recent of his

  rstreit@american.edu

  (202) 885-2057

John Sullivan Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

John Sullivan is an Investigative Reporter-in-Residence at American University's School of Communication, an investigative reporter at The Washington Post and a Senior Editor at The Investigative Repo

  jsulliva@american.edu

  (202) 885-2075

Margot Susca Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professorial lecturer in SOC's journalism division who also heads the weekend M.A. program in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She teaches cours

  susca@american.edu

  (202) 885-3345

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Donald Tighe Lecturer in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Donald W. Tighe is a veteran of over twenty years of public diplomacy, public affairs, media relations, and strategic communications leadership in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Much of t

  donaldau@american.edu

Filippo Trevisan Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Filippo Trevisan joined American University's School of Communication in August 2015. After working as a reporter for Italy's largest private news agency in Rome, he completed his PhD and worked as a

  trevisan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6930

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John Watson Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

John C. Watson is a full-time professor of Journalism. He brings a combination of professional experience and scholarly credentials to the classroom. A journalist for 21 years, he has a law degree and

  jwatson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2083

Paula Weissman Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Paula Weissman is a full-time professor of Public Communication and the Program Director for the School of Communication’s Online M.A. in Strategic Communication. Previously, she helped launch the M.P

  paulaw@american.edu

  (202) 885-6597

Russell Williams Distinguished Artist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Russell Williams is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He joined SOC after an illustrious career in Hollywood, where he won two Academy Awards for his sound work on Glory and Dances with Wo

  rwill@american.edu

  (202) 885-2115

Sherri Williams Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

At the intersection of social media, social justice, reality television, mass media and how people of color use and are represented by these mediums is where you'll find Dr. Sherri Williams. Williams

  sherriw@american.edu

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Rhonda Zaharna Professor SOC - School of Communication

R.S. (Rhonda) Zaharna is Professor of Public Communication and Director of the Global Media program. She is a Faculty Fellow with the Center on Public Diplomacy. She specializes in public diplomacy

  zaharna@american.edu

  (202) 885-3995